Respiratory Therapist/double flu?


Three weeks ago I had what I assumed was the flu (coughing, sneezing, congestion, body aches, headache, nausea, diarrhea, fatigue). It took a whole 7 days to finally feel a little relief. Sadly the next week our 10 year old daughter got it and the week after that our 2 year old son got it ( and still has a horrible cough). Yesterday I woke up with a very sore throat and runny nose fatigue, muscle aches, headache and low grade fever. My cough never did fully go away. Is it possible that I was reinfected by our kids?

Hi Jennifer,

It certainly IS possible, I was actually watching a local news story last night on the "Flu A Mutated Strain" which I am also currently getting over. The news story said the strain actually HAS been reported in the same patients more than once at different times, so it is possible. Not necessarily probable, but definitely can happen.

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I CAN answer: ALL questions and queries related to the following topics... - Oxygen - Asthma - COPD - Bronchitis - Emphysema - Pneumonia (Viral/Bacterial) - Tuberculosis (TB) - SARS - Influenza (Flu) - Vaccines - Pulmonary Embolism - Pleural Effusion - Atelectasis - Inhalation injuries (burns, chemicals, etc.) - PFTs - Cardiovascular health - Sleep Apnea - BiPap/CPAP - Ventilators ("Respirators") - Aspiration injuries - Thoracic injuries - Lung contusions - Tracheal injuries - Artificial Tracheostomy - Secretions - Prolotherapy/Regenerative Injection Therapy (RIT): A patient's experience/perspective - General health and fitness I CANNOT answer: Questions that vary too far from my primary scope of pulmonary and cardiovascular care and fitness. I promise to be open and honest about my knowledge of submitted topics, and will always openly provide my personal as well as professional feedback as it relates.


Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT, RCP) since 2005. I have worked primarily in the acute care, critical care, burn care and home care settings.

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- B.A. in Communication (1997) - A.A.S. in Respiratory Science (2005) - RRT license (state of OH, KY and IN) - Basic Life Saving (BLS) - Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) - Advanced Burn Life Support (ABLS)

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